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Snow on Plowed Ground Cookies

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SO I was asked to participate in a cookie blog hop. It is December after all. However, I am the type of person who bakes from a package!

Cookie Dough

I decided to get in the Christmas spirit and bake cookies with my daughters over the Thanksgiving weekend! First up, I texted my stepmom for her mom’s “snow plowed field cookies.” My grandma’s recipe is THE BEST! I LOVE these cookies. They remind me of what the title is. Here is a picture of the field by my house.

Snow Field

I seriously cannot drive past a plowed field after the first dusting of snow and NOT think about my grandma.

So I did a ‘first’ batch with my girls and it came out not as brown as I remembered. In the meantime, I handwrote the directions and realized that shortening and the chocolate was supposed to be MELTED. Oops

See the difference from just melting the items. Crazy

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Snow on Plowed Ground Cookie

A tradition in my family is to make this cookie the first day it snows. The cookie resembles a plowed field with a light dusting of snow
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
16 hrs
Total Time 16 hrs 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4 dozen


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup melted shortening
  • 4 ounces semi sweet baking chocolate melted
  • 2 cups flour shifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • powdered sugar


  • Beat eggs. Add sugar and vanilla.
  • Blend in melted shortening and melted chocolate
  • Combine in separate bowl flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Shape into balls and roll in the powdered sugar
  • Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven before the cookies look done. This will make a moist, chewy cookie


Makes 4 dozen.
“A tradition in our home when the first snow is on plowed ground.  A great resemblance to this cookie” 
My Grandma:  Wilma Sonnenberg

So the FUN part is actually making the cookies

1. Grab the kids and begin


2. Use a stand mixer and beat eggs. Add sugar and vanilla.

I took this as a chance to teach the girls how to break eggs. They loved it. Of course at least one went in the trash due to so many egg shells in it.

I LOVE my Cuisinart Stand Mixer. HINT if you are looking for a present for any one!!

3. Blend in shortening and melted chocolate

This is IMPORTANT melt both the shortening and the chocolate. Do not just ‘soften’ like I did with the chocolate during the first batch.

Melted Chocolate

4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into creamed mixture.

You are supposed to use a shifter for the flour. However, I did not. But am putting it on the list of items I need to purchase before baking again.

Adding Flour mixture
Dough 1

5. Refrigerate overnight

Dough 2

6. Shape into Balls and Roll in powdered sugar

Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. The kids had FUN rolling the dough in the powdered sugar. I used a cookie scoop so that cut down on the mess. Also I put down parchment paper so clean up would be easier.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 mins

cookies done

This is IMPORTANT. Remove from the oven BEFORE they look done. They will flatten in a couple of minutes. This will make the cookie a MOIST, CHEWY cookie.

8. Ingredients

Pictures of some of the ingredients

I had a BLAST making these “Snow on plowed ground” cookies TWICE with my girls. Learn from my mistake and make sure to melt the shortening and chocolate. The cookies will still taste good but they do not look like plowed ground.

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Cookie match with field

Make sure you check out my friends’ posts on their cookies too!

Holiday Cookie Blog Hop

I’m really excited to participate with a group of talented bloggers in a Holiday Cookie Blog Hop hosted by my friend Jennifer at Kitchen Serf. Check out all of the yummy recipes from the list below!

Easy Christmas Cookies

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Hope you enjoyed!



13 thoughts on “Snow on Plowed Ground Cookies

  1. You have my heartstrings! I love how you pulled the kiddos into this recipe. So cute. I’m laughing at the cookie name and YES they do look like their namesake. Can’t wait to try!

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